Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian actor Khaled Saleh which aired on LBC TV on July 24, 2008.
First Woman: What if you fell in love with an American woman?
Khaled Saleh: Impossible. Impossible. That would never happen.
Second Woman: What about a French woman? Is that any better?
First Woman: What about a Lebanese woman?
Saleh: She must be Arab, of course.
First Woman: Why is it impossible for you to fall in love with an American?
Saleh: Let me tell you something. I traveled there once and lived among this people. The great problem that happened in America – September 11 – was not a good thing, but the panic I saw in the eyes of the Americans that day... I hoped it would make these people a little more focused – just a little – so that they would feel that there is such a thing as fear in the world, things like terror, oppression, and so on. I am against anything that is American nowadays, because I feel they are phony. When I talk to an Arab, I feel I am talking to someone who knows what is going on in the world. With an American, I feel I'm talking to a Nazi, who sees nothing but himself.
First Woman: But you are making a generalization with regard to them.
Saleh: By God, they generalize themselves. All of them.